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Seahawks.com Blog | Monday in Hawkville: A very happy, and also productive, birthday for Percy Harvin
“They’re very serious. And I think they’re hungry. They’re very hungry. The way these guys work in the weight room or running inside. You can see them compete in practice. Yeah, they’re ready to go.” – Antoine Winfield, the team’s new nickel back, when asked about the other starters in the secondary: cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Browner and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor

Seahawks could turn to draft pick Ty Powell to fill the void of Bruce Irvin’s suspension » NFL Draft Zone
he Seattle Seahawks used a draft pick on Ty Powell of Harding University because of his speed and skills. Ty Powell had one of the best motors I have ever watched on the football field.

James wants ball in his hands any way possible | CSN Bay Area
Second-year player LaMichael James looked much more comfortable returning punts Tuesday during the 49ers' OTA Tuesday than he did at any point last season. He struggled handling punts in last year’s exhibition season. On Tuesday, he admitted he feels much better after working for nearly a year.

Antoine Winfield represents new era for Seahawks - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Winfield was scheduled to earn $7.25 million from Minnesota, which is why the Vikings released him. "It wasn't like I wanted to leave," Winfield said. "I was kind of scooted out the door. But it's a business. I understand that." It's what happened next that is significant for Seattle both in terms of its secondary this season and in the future of its roster. Winfield took a look around and had a number of options from Washington to Minnesota – which was willing to re-sign him – and instead he settled on the Seahawks.

Darrelle Revis, Mike Wallace, Danny Amendola among most dramatic position group overhauls - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
There's some roster revamping to be done on every team every offseason in the NFL, but some teams take it to extremes at positions of need, rounding up the usual suspects and firing them all (or most of them). Here are the five teams that dramatically reconstructed themselves at one particular position, hopefully transforming their depth chart's weak link into a strength:

49ers OTAs: Jim Harbaugh discusses opening of second week - Niners Nation
The 49ers entered their second week of OTAs and Tuesday, which means Coach Harbaugh met with the media. The media focused on the wide receiver position, but got in some other questions as well.

Is Vernon Davis the 49ers most "indispensable" offensive player? - Niners Nation
The 49ers need to figure out their offensive game plan following the loss of wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Where does Vernon Davis fit into the equation?

2014 NFL Draft scheduled for May 8-10 - CBSSports
The NFL has pushed the 2014 draft two weeks later but otherwise will not be changing the league's calendar, it was announced Tuesday.

Seahawks' team meeting provides hope PED problem will end | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
A recent Seahawks players-only meeting is the biggest step the team has taken to overcoming the embarrassment of five suspensions after testing positive for PEDs.

More details on Moffitt’s legal issues | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
I have more information on Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt’s legal issues this morning that caused him to miss practice on Tuesday. According to documents obtained from King County District Court, Moffitt is being charged for misdemeanor trespassing and obstruction.

Marshawn Lynch joins Seahawks for practice | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Marshawn Lynch quieted speculation about his standing with the Seattle Seahawks just by walking onto the field with his helmet.

Tough days for front sevens, but best reside in rugged NFC West - CBSSports.com
The 49ers were the NFL's best front seven in 2012 but Pat Kirwan says they'll have plenty of competition for that title in 2013, especially in their own division.

How WinForever explained why football is relevant for the rest of our lives
This is Lakeside School’s Cole Stephens.

Luke Kuechly can take LB torch from Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher - NFL.com
When Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher retired, football lost two standard-bearers at linebacker. Gil Brandt takes a look at one youngster who could fill their shoes: Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly.

Dennis Allen: Matt Flynn is Oakland Raiders' starter - NFL.com
Matt Flynn clearly is the front-runner for the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job. Do Tyler Wilson and Terrelle Pryor each have a good chance to push him?

NFL trends 2013 | National Football Post
Taking a look at emerging fitness, social and digital trends associated with NFL players and their teams.

Offseason Review: AFC South | National Football Post
A look at the moves that will shape the division in 2013

Are the Falcons the team to beat in the NFC? | National Football Post
Osi Umenyiora, Steven Jackson could bolster Atlanta’s Super Bowl chances.

Four-pronged rankings: Broncos top list, Cowboys look like a contender - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
A Broncos-Cowboys Super Bowl? Don't laugh. Pete Prisco says both grade out the highest in his four-pronged formula that combines rankings of each team's QB, LT and best CB and pass rusher.

Fantasy Football - Offseason Extra: Grading offensive lines for 2013 : FantasyNews.CBSSports.com
Don't think offensive lines matter in Fantasy? Our Dave Richard enlightens those still in the dark and then grades out all 32 lines for use at your discretion on Draft Day 2013.

Boldin making solid impression with 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Regardless of whether the Ravens were or weren't dumb in rolling the dice on the contract of quarterback Joe Flacco, they weren't able to keep receiver Anquan Boldin for 2013. Sure, he told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN he'd play for the Ravens or no one.

Great Linebackers Playing Together II
Four years ago, I wrote version 1 of this article. With Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis retiring, I thought it would be fun to revisit the topic.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Justin Pugh and Kyle Long
Welcome back to the fourth and final part of the 2013 Word of Muth draft breakdown. It’s been a long journey, but one of great discovery. I was reminded how awful most college defensive linemen are: you’re allowed to use your hands to do more than bullrush guys, fellas. Secondly, and more pertinent to my NFL=favoring audience, is that this was a really bad draft. I know a lot of draftniks reframed this as "it wasn’t a star-studded class," but every lineman I looked at after Joeckel was a definite reach for where they were drafted. That includes the last two featured linemen we're looking at: Justin Pugh and Kyle Long.

Carlos Rogers: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict | Pre Snap Reads
Since taking over in ahead of the 2011 season, Jim Harbaugh has built his success on turning around the careers of previously overlooked players. Alex Smith was the poster-boy for his success, but to varying degrees each of Justin Smith, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Anthony Davis, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Coline Kaepernick, Dashon Goldson etc etc owe Harbaugh for helping them take new steps in their respective careers.

100-Day NFL Warning: Julio Jones Ended Last Season on Something of a High Note - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
When your team goes 13-3 and has home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, there isn’t much solace to be found in anything less than a championship, but I think for Falcons fans, last year’s NFC Championship Game provided one exception. What eventually got lost (I can’t be the only one who temporarily forgot about this, right?) in the 49ers’ nutty comeback and eventual win was that the most recent game of Julio Jones’s NFL career was also his best. Against one of the best defenses in football, Jones hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which involved him taunting the rest of mankind with a Why? Because I can toe drag.

101-Day NFL Warning: The Night Is Dark and Full of Aaron Rodgers - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
For the first time in eight seasons, the Packers will start the year without Greg Jennings (gone to the Vikings) and Donald Driver (retired). Don’t be worried, though. Aaron Rodgers sure isn’t. He likes the guys he’s got. To that I say, “Of course he does.” Because it doesn’t matter to whom Aaron Rodgers throws. Aaron Rodgers is not of this world. He is a demon called here from another dimension by conjurer Ted Thompson for the sole purpose of haunting Bears fans in the night. He is, in other words, a mild inconvenience.

The Cardinals with a Major Win with Tyrann Mathieu - Over the Cap
We had Tyrann Mathieu’s contract estimates up on Friday but because we were uncertain how accurate they were I decided not to write a post on the subject. With Mike Florio confirming our estimates I wanted to look a bit deeper into the deal and explain how this was a major win for the Arizona Cardinals.

Finding the Fits: Enigmatic Wilson could surprise for gambling Bears - CBSSports
During the next several weeks, NFLDraftScout.com will review the more intriguing picks made during the 2013 NFL draft in a series called "Finding the Fits." The goal of the series is to identify one relatively unheralded player per team who appears to be a good schematic fit and, therefore, more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his pro career.

Finding the Fits: In class of gambles, Warford a 'sure thing' for Lions - CBSSports
During the next several weeks, NFLDraftScout.com will review the more intriguing picks made during the 2013 NFL Draft in a series called "Finding the Fits." The goal of the series is to identify one relatively unheralded player per team who appears to be a good schematic fit and, therefore, more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his pro career.

NFL Draft 2013: Complete Scouting Guide for This Year's Class | Bleacher Report
When the 2013 NFL draft unfolds at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night, you'll want to instantly know as much as you can about your team's newest additions, or perhaps you'll just want to know about the best new talent to watch out for on Sundays..

Jags must balance Denard Robinson’s athleticism with incomplete skill set | Audibles - SI.com
This much we know: Denard Robinson is a remarkable athlete.

Nnamdi Asomugha talks about learning 49ers defense - Niners Nation
49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is one of the few players learning the 49ers defense from relative scratch. He had a chance to discuss that transition with 49ers.com.

Former Giants WR Steve Smith retires after six seasons - NFL.com
Former New York Giants receiver Steve Smith finished second in the NFL with 107 receptions four years ago. Now he's announcing his retirement. What is Smith's legacy?

Marshawn Lynch joins Seahawks for workout | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks said they weren't concerned when running back Marshawn Lynch missed the team's first week of voluntary organized training activities last week. This week, Lynch has joined his teammates for workouts at the Seahawks' training facility.

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